The Cane Corso is a large breed, also known as the Italian Mastiff, or Italian Molosser. In fact, they are closely related to the Neopolitan Mastiff. They were bred to guard property and hunt big game. This working dog will do best with a job that channels his intelligence and energy. Uninterested in strangers, but they are loyal and affectionate with their family. Thriving on companionship they love being by your side.
Accordingly, they have a socially dominant personality. The Corsi's smart and bossy nature will need a confident owner to keep him in check. Due to his size, by all means, he needs strong leadership skills with consistent training. They have a strong prey drive and are very territorial. For this reason, a tall, secure fence is necessary.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Cane Corso is 10-12 years..
Size & Activity Level
The standard size for an adult Cane Corso is 90-120 pounds. Part of the Working Group, they are strong, solid and athletic. This giant working dog will need plenty of exercises. They will patrol their home and grounds quietly and calmly, alerting you to anything amiss.
Care & Grooming
A Cane Corso will have a short coat and they are light shedders. However, twice a year they shed heavily, so have a vacuum on hand. Overall though, their maintenance is fairly low. Weekly brushing is recommended. Ears and nail cleaning must also be remembered.